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Japan reach World Cup last 16 courtesy of their fair play record

Japan reach World Cup last 16 courtesy of their fair play record

Japan reach World Cup last 16 courtesy of their fair play record

Despite losing 1-0 to Poland, the Japanese were able to advance to a round of 16 match against Belgium because they received fewer yellow cards than Senegal, which lost to Colombia by the same score at the same time.

Japan and Poland were booed from the pitch in Volgograd after a farcical end to their final Group H match which saw the Blue Samurai qualify for the last 16 despite a 1-0 defeat.

Senegal's six yellow cards to Japan's four ultimately cost the African side, who exit Russian Federation in disappointing circumstances.

Japan, of course, will be toasting the system, and they were more than happy to exploit it on field after learning of Yerry Mina's second-half victor for Colombia in the Senegal match, which set up the "fair play" tiebreaker.

By losing their opening two group games, Poland became the first European side to exit the tournament, and they have now exited at the first hurdle in three successive appearances. He beat his marker at the far post and volleyed in a swerving free kick from Rafal Kurzawa.

The Poles reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and more had been expected after they had finished top of their World Cup qualifying group.

His cleverly directed header looked destined for the bottom corner until Kawashima made up huge amounts of ground to claw it to safety with a big right hand at full stretch.

With Poland leading and Colombia drawing, Japan would be heading out of this summer's competition unless they can find a goal in the final 30 minutes.

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Signaling his intentions, Nishino brought on defensive midfielder Makoto Hasebe in the 82nd second minute, with Muto making way for the Japan captain.

Akira Nishino's call to change his Japan team nearly backfired as they progressed on fair play after a 1-0 defeat to Poland. Japan has not performed that well at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as goal-keeper Eiji Kawashima has made costly errors in consecutive matches.

Robert Lewandowski then had a chance to put Poland ahead 2-0 - a result that would have allowed Senegal to advance - in the 74th minute after a swift counterattack but his effort flew over the bar.

As the news filtered through to the Volgograd Arena, both teams were content to sit back. But it took its first ever lead in World Cup play in the 33rd minute through an own-goal when Jose Luis Rodriguez's hard, left-footed shot deflected off of Tunisia's Yassine Meriah.

In the end, Japan's time wasting paid off as managed to safely hold onto the ball and not concede any fouls or goals. Hence Japan has more chance to win this game and lead the Group.

- Poland have kept a clean sheet at the World Cup for the first time since winning 1-0 against Portugal in 1986.

The best chance of the half came when Kamil Grosicki got his head to a cross into the box. "They needed a draw but I really wanted them to win".

As Group E winners, Brazil will now face Mexico in Samara on Monday, with group runners-up Switzerland, who moved through to the last 16 after a draw over Costa Rica, taking on Sweden in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

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